How to Mount a Windows Share in Nautilus on Ubuntu

  • So you open your file explorer, called Nautilus, on your shining new Ubuntu install and you find that you have no way to view Windows shares on your network. That can't be right, this is so basic. And yet, it is true. Out of the box, this functionality may be missing. Never fear, getting to network shares through Microsoft's SMB or CIFS protocol so that you can use the same mapped drives as on Windows is just a few seconds away.

    First, we need to close Nautilus and install the SMB libraries.

    sudo apt-get install smbclient

    Now open Nautilus. Go to "Other Locations" and enter a Windows share name in this format: